Maintaining weight allows children to grow to a healthy weight when they are tall. If children are encouraged to develop healthy eating and exercise patterns, there is no need to diet to prevent extra weight gain and maintain weight as they grow older. Compared with adults, children can more successfully use healthy eating and regular exercise methods to keep their weight within a healthy range for a long time.
Weight management strategies also work for children as young as three years old. One method suggests that it is most reasonable for an overweight child to gain an inch (1 foot = 30.48 cm) and control weight gain within 2 pounds (1 pound = 453.59237 grams ). After the child is 4 years old, they should maintain their weight until the child s body mass index (BMI) falls within the normal range (less than 85%. For children s BMI, see Children s BMI). There is a similar recommendation for children over 7 years of age-children at risk of being overweight should reach a healthy weight during growth, that is, maintain weight when they are tall.
It is generally not recommended for children under 7 years to lose weight. This applies only to children with a BMI in the overweight range and weight-related health problems such as high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol. Any weight loss therapy applied to your child should be specifically designed for your child and the results of weight loss should be tracked. Adult weight loss programs do not work for most children.
Most of the children s body fatness is short-lived. After all, they are in the stage of losing weight. At this time, parents are best to build their children s lives according to the methods described by the experts above. And health!